Marathon Mission began in 2003 with one-lone-Marathon-runner. Lisa Harper, on a mission herself from God, ran the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon and raised funds to help support missionaries in the United States and abroad. Lisa was inspired by the fact that life is “NOT ABOUT YOU” and “ALL ABOUT GOD”. Thus, the Marathon Mission was birthed as a creative means of assisting others in practical and spiritual ways. The news spread quickly. With the very next Marathon, old and young mission-minded people, both in shape and out, decided to be used by God to make a difference in the lives of others. Today Marathon Mission is a non-profit organization where people are using their strength to run or walk various distances for reasons beyond themselves. We have a wonderful opportunity
to be the hands and feet of Christ for a few miles.
"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1
RACES / FACES / PLACES
Our Marathon Mission Team runs and walks in all sorts of locations. One of our favorites is the
Detroit Free Press / TCF Bank Marathon. Many walkers and runners choose from the full marathon, half marathon, 5K, Competitive 1 Mile Run, and Kids Fun Run.
The next scheduled Detroit Free Press / TCF Bank Marathon is the weekend of
October 15-17, 2021.
Please join us! Make sure to indicate "Marathon Mission" as your Charity Partner when registering online.
Congratulations to our Marathon Mission participants all over who are staying healthy and adaptable while running or walking for a reason beyond themselves.
Be sure to connect with the Marathon Mission Team.
Drop us a line at and tell us what goals you are lacing up for.
Together, we CAN do this!
Trainer Dan Van Veen and MM Founder Lisa Harper have a knack for giving practical advice and encouraging words. The advice is free and the benefits are remarkable. We'll see you on the road and at the finish line.
"Start by doing what's necessary. Then what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - Francis of Assisi
Did you know that Marathon Mission walkers and runners have fueled their fire on the road for over 70 compassionate causes since MM began in 2003? Check these out.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to change the world."
- Ann Frank
MM participants represent all ages and ability levels. Our youngest participant was 4 and the oldest was 86!
We've had a triple knee / double hip replacement MM walker conquer the 5K for over 15 years straight. Coach Bryan Burk of Spring Arbor University cruised to 2nd place in the full Detroit Marathon (2019) with a time of 2:31!!! There's something for everyone with the Marathon Mission Team.
A picture paints a thousand words. Enjoy some MM photo highlights here. To see more, visit our Marathon Mission Facebook page today.
Proverbs says that "A generous heart will be richly blessed." Every gift matters. Let's leave a legacy. If we are reading this now, we have so much to be thankful for. With the Marathon Mission Team, we live to give!
MM Founder, Lisa Harper, chronicles the history of Marathon Mission in her motivational book, Living and Loving - The Marathon of Life. There's joy in the journey.